Deliciously refreshing tea combined with sweetened milk and tapioca pearls, Bubble Tea is an incredible Taiwanese treat that has become popular all throughout the world. Sometimes called “Boba Tea”, this delightful beverage is more than just a drink! It can also function as a bit of a snack because of the tapioca pearls. These little balls tend to look like little “bubbles” when they sit at the bottom of the drink, which is likely where the name for bubble tea came from.
History of National Bubble Tea Day
Bubble tea got its start in Taiwan in the 1980s and made its way to the United States, starting in California, in the 1990s. As this fun beverage began growing in popularity, many different bubble tea cafes and shops began cropping up in cities and countries all over the world!
The first National Bubble Tea Day was celebrated in 2018, founded by the Kung Fu Tea company, which is based in Queens, New York. The company chose to hold the celebration on April 30 because it was the anniversary of when the company was established in 2010.
How to Celebrate National Bubble Tea Day
Enjoy the observance of National Bubble Tea Day with some of these fun ideas:
Drink Some Bubble Tea
Head out to a specialized bubble tea cafe, or order some up at an Asian inspired restaurant that serves it. For those who have never had bubble tea before, it might go well to start with one of the basic recipes that simply includes black tea, sweetened milk, brown sugar and (of course!) the tasty tapioca pearls.
Those who already have experience with this drink might want to celebrate National Bubble Tea Day by trying out a new flavor. Some of the more adventurous flavors might be based around fruit, like honeydew melon, passion fruit, lychee or plum. And don’t forget that bubble tea can be made from different kinds of tea, including black tea, white tea, green tea or herbal fruit tea. Plus, it can be ordered with special plant-based, non-dairy milks such as coconut or soy milk. Delicious!
Try Making Bubble Tea at Home
A super way to pay respect for National Bubble Tea Day might be to learn how to make this tasty treat at home. It’s actually much easier than it might seem! Source some special tapioca pearls in a favorite color and flavor from an Asian market or other store that stocks a variety of Asian foods.
Boil the tapioca pearls by following the package instructions, turning them into the magical “bubbles”. Add to a recipe that mixes tea with milk, sugar, ice and whatever flavorings are desired.
Get a Reusable Bubble Tea Straw
Because the tapioca pearls are so big, a special straw is needed to drink bubble tea. Celebrate National Bubble Tea day and also help keep the oceans clean by purchasing a reusable bubble tea straw. Get a wide, eco-friendly one made from bamboo or glass and keep with your for those emergency bubble tea runs!